The St. Louis County Circuit Court is comprised of twenty-one (21) Circuit Judges, fourteen (14) Associate Circuit Judges and eight (8) Commissioners. Each judge and commissioner is assigned to a specific division, except for the Probate Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner.

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Honorable Bruce F. Hilton

Circuit Judge, Division 13

Civil and Criminal

Administrative Order 21-34

Bruce Hilton was appointed circuit judge in June, 2017, by Gov. Eric Greitens.

Judge Hilton received his B.A. in history from St. Louis University in 1980 and his Juris Doctor from St. Louis University School of Law in 1986.

Before his appointment to the bench, he was engaged in the private practice of law. He worked for: Leritz, Reinert & Duree P.C., from 1984 to 1989; Charles P. Todt & Assoc., from 1989 to 1991; Eisen, Gillespie, Brown & Hilton, L.L.C., from 1991 to 1995; Hilton, Gillespie & Kiesewetter, L.L.C., from 1995 to 2001; Hilton & Kiesewetter, L.L.C., from 2001 to 2005; Hilton & Harford, L.L.C., from 2005 to 2011 and Hilton Family Law Group, L.L.C., from 2011 to 2017.

Judge Hilton serves on the board of the Meacham Park Neighborhood Improvement Association and the Kirkwood Library. He is a member of St. Peters Catholic Church, the Missouri Bar, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, St. Louis County Bar Association (past president), Lawyers Association and Mound City Bar Association. He was chairman of the 21st Judicial Circuit Judicial Evaluation Committee from 2008 to 2013. In 1992, he received the Good Citizen's Award from the Grand Jurors Association. He also serves as a volunteer judge for the student encouragement program.

Judge Hilton lives in St. Louis County with his family.

Division 13 uses video technology for case management conferences and non testimonial motions. All other matters are to be heard in person.

All video matters will be by WebEx and for the link to Division 13 click on the link contained in the box to the right of the screen. All matters in Division 13 may be accessed by the link.

For rules regarding video conferencing appearances and hearings in St. Louis County, please review Administrative Order 43

If parties and/or attorneys need to schedule a matter in Division 13 you may sign up by use of the acuity link or contact the Division 13 clerk at (314) 615-1513.

You and/or your attorney will be able to participate by using a laptop or computer with a webcam or your smart phone to access the hearing. You must use a device which will allow you to be visible to the court. Below is the information you will need to join the meeting. Before entering the meeting, you must type in your full name before you can join the hearing. Please join the hearing at least 5 minutes before the designated time in that the virtual hearing time slots are for a specific period of time. Please mute your microphone upon entry to the meeting.

Prior to the hearing, please be sure to download the Webex app, ensure that your video camera works, and rename your Webex username to your full name.

Webex Information:

You may join Division 13 proceedings by entering the Courtroom via Webex by:

* URL:
* Meeting Number: 146 015 3265 ( and "join" the meeting)
* Join by phone: +1-408-418-9388 (tolls apply); enter Meeting Number: 146 015 3265

Recording or creating images of any portion of Court proceedings is strictly prohibited by the Missouri Supreme Court, by Local Rule 9.5, and by standing Order of this Division.

Courtroom: 380
Floor: 3 North
Court Reporter:
Rhonda Laurentius
Jim Jacobs
Phone: 314-615-1513
Fax: 314-615-8280

WebEx Meeting Link:

Call in number:  1-408-418-9388  (tolls apply)
Meeting number:   146 015 3265

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